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Why Google Fiber is 'pausing' work in 11 cities and laying people off

Google Fiber is "pausing" its work in 11 cities, potentially laying off 9% of its workforce and its CEO is stepping aside. But the Alphabet division claims to be going strong. So what is going on?

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Google Fiber puts expansion plans on hold to review strategy

In a dramatic change in strategy, Google Fiber has paused plans to roll out fiber optic cables across a number of U.S. cities, as the company reevaluates its strategy to use mainly wireless to provide high-speed Internet service.

Why OpenDNS succeeded where ISP DNS failed when Dyn was unavailable

An explanation of OpenDNS error handling. They bend the rules a bit, but last week, when Dyn was being attacked, it worked out for the best.

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Critical account creation flaws patched in popular Joomla CMS

The Joomla developers are warning website administrators to apply an update for the popular content management system that fixes two critical vulnerabilities.

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London is next in line for Google-backed gigabit Wi-Fi

London is next in line to receive the Link high-speed Wi-Fi service that briefly brought high-speed porn to the streets of New York.

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Twitter said to plan 300 more job cuts this week

Twitter may trim its staff again by about 300 people or 8% of its workforce, as the company tries to cut costs in trying times.

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WikiLeaks says it doesn’t collaborate with states

WikiLeaks claims to have many thousands of sources but does not collaborate with states in the publication of documents, its editorial board said Sunday.


Chinese firm admits its hacked products were behind Friday's DDOS attack

A Chinese electronics component manufacturer says its products inadvertently played a role in a massive cyberattack that disrupted major internet sites in the U.S. on Friday.

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AT&T to acquire Time Warner for $85.4B in content play

AT&T said it will acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion, reflecting a continuing trend for the consolidation of communications and media companies.


An IoT botnet was partly behind Friday's massive DDOS attack

Malware that can build botnets out of IoT devices was at least partly responsible for a massive distributed denial-of-service attack that disrupted U.S. internet traffic on Friday, according to network security companies.

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Always-on group video chat arrives

Two innovative startups figured out all-day video chat sessions, without making it weird

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Friday's internet DNS outage and me

Two computers in the same neighborhood, connected via the same ISP, have two very different outcomes, depending on their DNS servers.


Privacy groups target ads for kids disguised as YouTube content

Marketing companies are targeting children worldwide on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an "unfair and deceptive" business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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Apple sues Amazon supplier over fake iPhone chargers

In a federal lawsuit, Apple asserted that nearly all the iPhones, chargers and cables it surreptitiously purchased from online retailer Amazon were fakes.

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UK's porn age verification proposal outrages privacy advocates

The UK has an online age-checking plan to stop kids from watching porn, but there are no privacy safeguards. Porn-browsing adults would also hit an Age Gate which might verify age via banking, electoral information or social media...

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Facebook is leaking valuable younger users

Though Facebook has been working to bring in younger users for several years now, it doesn't appear to be having much success.

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Hackers hide stolen payment card data inside website product images

Attackers compromise online shops and store stolen payment card details inside legitimate image files in order to avoid detection.

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Esri and Waze join up to push road condition data in cities

Digital mapping company Esri has partnered with crowdsourcing traffic app maker Waze to help city governments and drivers communicate more efficiently about traffic conditions, including construction delays and accidents.

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